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Adhara having fun making pop music

All-girl band based in Colfax
By: Chelsea Foster, Colfax Record Correspondent
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All-girl power-pop band Adhara is taking the music industry by storm. The band’s name, which is the name of one of the brightest stars in the solar system, is a statement about the shining, standout quality that the girls cultivate in their music. From their home base in Colfax, the girls of Adhara make fun dance music with a girly twist. Vocalist Athena Marie Wilcox describes their music as energetic and upbeat. “Our motto is ‘We dare you not to dance.’ You can compare us to Avril Lavigne,” Wilcox said. The band is currently in the studio working on their first album, and their first music video was released earlier this month. The high-energy, feel-good music has attracted fans locally and abroad. Wilcox said that the band loves their fans and travels to put on shows anywhere people will come to listen, particularly in and around Colfax. “Our biggest fan base is in Colfax. It’s home. We also have fans in San Francisco, Santa Monica, Los Angeles. Even from as far as Germany, Brazil and Russia. They don’t make it to all of our shows, but we have die hard international fans from all over,” Wilcox said. The four girls — vocalist Athena Marie Wilcox, guitarist Amanda “Jade” Gomez, bassist Robyan Malaca and drummer Madison Armstrong—met on Craigslist and established their identity as a band in 2008. Since that time, they’ve honed their musical skills and created a fun musical style that appeals primarily to young women. “We write about love,” Wilcox said. “We have a couple of songs that are stronger topics, but mostly we talk about relationships.” All the band’s songs are written collaboratively, with each member contributing. Guitarist Jade Gomez, who writes most of the lyrics and melodies, said the songs are fun and lighthearted, but often with serious meaning behind them. “We try to keep upbeat and happy but still include social topics and awareness in our lyrics. We’re very female-oriented, so most of our songs are especially for girls,” Gomez said. Adhara’s shows are lively, and the band loves to engage with the crowd, often coming off the stage to join in the dancing on the ground. Wilcox said that engaging with the audience is always important to the band. “We have two or three songs where we invite the crowd to sing with us. And we’re all wireless, so we like to go into the audience and dance with them,” Wilcox said. That engaging spirit shows itself on and off the stage. The girls like to be very available to connect with their fans, whether by talking after a show or responding to an inquiry on their website. “We spend a lot of time with our fans after shows, signing stuff, taking pictures,” Gomez said. “Leave us a comment on our website. We love to connect with our fans, and we will always respond personally.” The openness and the band’s fun-loving spirit earns them fans that participate. Fan and friend Madi Sorrell from Sacramento said, “The girls from Adhara are very high-energy and a lot of fun. They usually draw a pretty large crowd, a lot of people dancing.” “Everyone should check out their new video. I know they put a lot of work into it, and it turned out awesome. It’s a ton of fun,” Sorrell said. The new video, which was filmed in Colfax, features Adhara’s upbeat single “Naughty,” and the band enjoyed traipsing around town with a camera crew, filming funny sequences. “The video is fun,” Gomez said. “We have a lot of fun together, and we didn’t want to come off as too serious. We like to laugh a lot, and I think that shows through.”